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Rupert Murdoch apologizes for ‘real black President’ remark

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 10/8/2015 MELISSA CHAN, ADAM EDELMAN
In this Oct. 14, 2011 file photo, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch delivers a keynote address at the National Summit on Education Reform in San Francisco. On Thursday Murdoch apologized for his controversial tweet a night earlier in which he said America could use a “real” black person in the Oval Office. © AP Photo/Noah Berger, File In this Oct. 14, 2011 file photo, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch delivers a keynote address at the National Summit on Education Reform in San Francisco. On Thursday Murdoch apologized for his controversial tweet a night earlier in which he said America could use a “real” black person in the Oval Office.

Rupert Murdoch on Thursday apologized for his controversial tweet a night earlier in which he said America could use a “real” black person in the Oval Office.

The media mogul said he meant no harm with the tweet, in which he praised 2016 Republican candidate Ben Carson and took a thinly veiled swipe at President Obama.

"Apologies! No offence meant. Personally find both men charming," Murdoch tweeted Thursday morning, following a massive backlash to the original tweet.

“Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide? And much else,” the 84-year-old tycoon tweeted a night earlier.

The incendiary swipe at the commander-in-chief sparked outrage from celebrities like Star Jones and actor Harry Shearer.

“The day I start allowing @rupertmurdoch to define what it is to be #black ...is the day I turn in my #blackcard,” Jones tweeted.

“Can you please regularly advise black Americans on which of them is “real”, so they’ll be free of doubt?” Shearer wrote.

And several others took aim at the Murdoch-owned Fox News Channel.

"Rupert Murdoch, brah, if ur concerned about bridging the racial divide, how 'bout pulling the plug on that new-fangled Klan rally, Fox News?" asked actor Jeffrey Wright.

The Australian-born magnate first responded to the firestorm by encouraging his followers to read a New York magazine story about disappointment over Obama in minority communities.

“Read New York magazine for minority community disappointment with POTUS,” he quickly tweeted.

But the response did nothing to quell the growing social media quagmire.

Murdoch, for his part, hasn’t been reticent to chime in on the presidential race on his Twitter account.

In August, he wrote that he hoped former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg would jump into the 2016 race.

“With Trump becoming very serious candidate, it's time for next billionaire candidate, Mike Bloomberg to step into ring,” Murdoch wrote on Twitter. “Greatest mayor.”

And weeks later, he offered his opinion on the prospects of Vice President Biden entering race for the Democratic nomination.

“Looks like Biden already running. Very likely he wins nomination and be hard to beat,” he tweeted on Sept 7.

mchan@nydailynews.com

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